Making Criticism a Crime: Criminal Libel and Free Speech

Making Criticism a Crime: Criminal Libel and Free Speech


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Tuesday November 1, 2016 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Rogers Communication Centre, Room 103
Ryerson University
80 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario

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Criminal libel is an archaic law that permits the state to launch criminal proceedings against an individual whose comments the state finds offensive. Lisa Taylor will reveal new research that shows a resurgence of criminal libel prosecutions for criticism of the police and others in power or authority. Should this old law be scrapped or is it necessary to curb unwanted expression?

Speaker: Lisa Taylor, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Ryerson University, Lawyer, and Award-Winning Journalist

Discussant: Jamie Cameron, Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and former Vice-President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

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